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Blog in Progress: First Month – First Forty Pages

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“For last year's words belong to last year's language 
And next year's words await another voice.” 
\u2015 T.S. Eliot




A new year is almost upon us, and while January offers no organized writing challenges – nothing like November’s NaNoWriMo, or my BoNoProMo challenge in May – I think the start of the new year is an even better time to re-commit to long form writing, whether you’re working on a novel, a memoir, narrative nonfiction or a poetry collection.


As such, I’m creating a January challenge called First Month ...

December 23, 2014 | Lisa Borders

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Mother May I

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Because I tend to write in the mornings and play with my daughters in the evenings, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the relationship between children's games and the writing process.

Most of the time, the link is a bit of a stretch.

Hide and seek has potential to offer some common ground – writing, after all, is a process of discovery – but there are only a few good hiding spots in our condo, and my three-year-old is content to hide in the exact same spot ten times in a row.

December 11, 2014 | Ben Berman

Different ways to learn to be a better writer Writing While Parenting

What Literary Magazines Do For Every Writer: 5 Things

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Between the covers of a literary magazine which has, at the very most, a circulation of a few thousand, a writer earns a first writing credit. Beyond mom and dad, adoring friends, a nosy aunt, a devoted yet literature--adverse sibling, a fiction writer’s first audience is comprised of--not  exactly the readers and subscribers of the literary magazine who come later--but an editor who mined the short story from the slush pile of submissions by way of her staff, read it, then read it again, then read it a third time, and with each read became more convinced that ...

December 3, 2014 | Jenn Scheck-Kahn

Craft Advice Different ways to learn to be a better writer Literary Magazines

Our Writing Group Threw a Party; 4 Reasons Your Writing Group Should Too

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            This summer our writing group turned eleven, so we decided to throw ourselves a party. (To our credit, we thought it was out tenth anniversary—a more fitting year to celebrate—until we did some more thorough research. Also, it should be noted that technically, I've only been in the group for four years, some members for more than that, some less..) We reserved a private room at a local restaurant, ordered some food, and invited friends and family to attend

November 5, 2014 | Hannah Harlow

Different ways to learn to be a better writer

The Question of Greatness

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Back when I was an MFA student, my classmate and friend Keith Gessen wrote a fascinating article for The Boston Globe. It was about William Dean Howells and a little bit about Henry James. In 1912, William Dean Howells was declared “the greatest living American writer and novelist.” Ninety years later, he was expelled from "The Norton Anthology of American Literature." How could such a thing happen

November 4, 2014 | Ellen Litman

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